One of my fav things to do when I go to Paris is to stroll into the nearest pharmacy and get my ‘goods!’ If you have not heard french pharmacies are like a covenant for French women. You can find so many goodies.
Below you will find some of my go-to items and why I love them.
One of the things my Frenchie loves is to honor her skin right after the shower. I often use coconut oil, but I must say for an extra special treat I use Nuxe. This lightweight oil smells divine and is so easy to spray on. It gives your legs that extra glow without feeling greasy. I also love their shimmer version for summer. The creator of this brand, Aliza Jabès is so inspiring and she has created a cult-like following with this iconic French staple. Extra tip: I use it on my hair too!
Ok truth: I am obsessed with this brand. It is true a true French brand that goes as far back as 1948! The use of this brand for hair growth was actually discovered while working on patients with eye wounds after the war! The discovery of renewed hair growth was a side effect of the amazing ingredients.
“All of Talika’s products are inspired by natural biological mechanisms, respectful of physiological balances that are essential for healthy skin. The products have powerful concentrates of natural active ingredients which boost original cellular functions. Every product in itself is a small revolution”.
– Alex de Brasse
This particular product is for eyebrows (which I am all about right now;) They also have it for eyelashes and I am telling you, you will SEE a difference.
Ok I am committed AND lazy (if this is possible?;) I will always take my makeup off at the end of the day… it is a Frenchie transition time for me. That being said, I don’t like to wash my face (and get my hair wet) so I opt for removers I can use with a cotton ball. This Avène product is PERFECT for me. It is simple, no harsh ingredients, it gets your skin super clean (without stripping it). It is clean, easy and AFFORDABLE!
Plus there is just a little bit of history backing this infamous brand:
“Avène has over 270 years of expertise in caring for sensitive skin and is trusted by millions worldwide. At the heart of the brand is Avène Thermal Spring Water, a natural soothing source clinically shown by over 150 studies to soothe, soften and calm the skin.”
I like a good coverage on my face, you know the “Oh this is natural look” but I had to cover my entire face to get it! This 80-year-old French brand is obsessed with assisting you in honoring your skin and originated by using the powerful effects of Vichy Thermal Spa water on skin. This foundation has some of the best coverage I have found and even does wonders on my dark circles!
So, this isn’t a French brand (gasp! I know;), it is actually Swiss brand (not too shabby either). BUT you can find it in every French pharmacy, usually close to the checkout. I have looked forever for a red nail polish that is not too orange and also not too fushia and alas… I FOUND IT!
Not only do I love the color, but I adore this petite size that is so easy for travel. And don’t let the size fool you, the nail brush inside is actually surprisingly large which allows you to cover more nail, more quickly. If you are like me and find yourself running out the door while painting your nails — you will love the ease of application.
I have left a link for each product in case you want to get them here in the states, but I promise you it’s much more fun to go to Paris and discover French beauty must-haves in person 😉
with love from my Frenchie to yours,